How much does an outdoor kitchen cost?

Outdoor Kitchen is a term used for a wide variety of meanings. In Charlotte, NC, an outdoor kitchen is used generally to imply a built-in grill station that includes a counter top, a stone or brick cabinet, and a grill. The smallest outdoor kitchen is about 5 linear feet wide and 2’6″ deep.

The term outdoor kitchen can also imply not only a built-in grill, but a full range of appliances that people want to incorporate into their outdoor living space. It’s not uncommon for Archadeck of Charlotte to install a refrigerator, ice maker, warming drawer, side burner, and even keg orator into the cabinet. Of course each additional appliance requires the cabinet to be larger and therefore increasing the cost.

Over 80 percent of all of the outdoor kitchens we design and build every year are constructed with a stone veneer while the majority of the remaining 20% is a brick veneer to match the house walls. The counter tops range from Travertine to granite.

The smaller outdoor kitchens (excluding the appliances) will run around $3,000 and can go upwards of $10,000 driven by size, materials, and features!

To see wonderful design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

Ideas for placing your hot tub on a deck

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Hot Tub in a custom screen room with stone skirting by Archadeck of Charlotte

Can a deck hold the weight of a hot tub? How and where should I place my hot tub in my backyard?

Here are some ideas from a pro that will help guide you through the options!

Decks can be structured to hold the weight of a hot tub by using load calculations of the hot tub completely filled with water. It requires closer joist spacing and more footings per square foot. The hot tub can sit on top of the deck, be slightly recessed, or completely recessed. The height in which you decide you want the tub recessed should be thought through as to who are the primary users of the tub and how easy is it for them to climb in versus step down?

Pressure -treated wood decks, composite decks such at Trex, or masonry raised patios can all be used as platforms to house hot tubs. It has been our experience that the closer we place the hot tub or spa to the house, the more use you will actually get out of the tub

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal

Trex Transcends composite deck with a hot tub recessed onto a cement pad and composite beching for the ideal relaxing backyard!

Designing privacy screening on the sides of the tub is a good idea if you prefer to keep your affairs private! In addition, designing a structure such as a screen porch around the hot tub is a choice or option for some! To get various design ideas for your outdoor spa, go to http://www.charlotte. archadeck.com

If you love the outdoors, Snap Lock/ Dry Deck systems create 2 spaces without the costs on a high deck!

For those that are trying to both maximize their outdoor living space and maximize their dollar, creating a dry deck or under deck system is the way to go! There are several ways to achieve an extra functional space under your deck if it is high up in the air.

We are all looking for ways to stretch our dollar further. At the same time, our appetite has grown for living outdoors and having more space to entertain. The space requirements often are comprised of an area of shade, an area that is open to get some sun and to allow for free air flow for your grill or outdoor kitchen, and areas that allow access from our main living area and down at grade.

These requirements often lead to costly decisions or cause us to compromise and leave out some of the features we want. We say that we will come back to it in phases and that we will start with just a deck and then come back and create a shaded area. The challenge is, most of the time we never get around to it.

A solution is a Snap Lock dry deck system or under deck system that creates a roof over a lower patio area. The effect is that you are creating 2 spaces while building one. If you love the outdoors, this is a wonderful cost effective option.

We often get called to repair failed systems that people have invested in that have leaked. The most common problem we find was they either bought a flawed system or the system was not installed per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The 2 most effective systems we have found that not only look aesthetically pleasing, but have an extremely low failure rate are either an EPDM rubber membrane system that you apply over pressure-treated plywood that goes on over the floor joists or a powder-coated aluminum under deck system that attaches below the floor joists. These have been proven over time to keep water from leaking down to the lower patio. To see great photos of these outdoor living spaces, go to the photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

A beautiful and functional space below a deck from Archadeck of Charlotte

A beautiful and functional space below a deck from Archadeck of Charlotte

ARchadeck of Charlotte, designed and build this wood deck with stain by Renew Crew

Archadeck of Charlotte, designed and build this wood deck with stain by Renew Crew

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

How do you make outdoor fireplaces and fire pits safe?

wood burning stone outdoor fireplace with fieldstone on a flagstone patio in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio and fieldstone outdoor fireplace

Paver patio with wood burning fire pit and cover on it and stone sitting wall

Paver patio with wood burning fire pit and cover on it and stone sitting wall

Safety is an important and under valued consideration when designing outdoor fireplaces and fire pits.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we have to consider out clients safety in our design process and are always looking for new ideas and codes. We have found there are several things you can do to make your outdoor living spaces safer by both design considerations and the way you use them.

First, keeping the fire pit or fireplace at least 10′ away from any part of your house is a building code and something you should begin your design considerations with (unless it is gas and has a direct or ventless system). Secondly, with fire pits, you want the walls of the fire pit to be at least 18-20″ tall or more so kids and pits don’t fall into the fire or coals. Third, keep the size of the fire contained especially if you are near trees or shrubs.

Fireplaces generally speaking are safer than fire pits due to the fact that there are walls and a chimney that keep the fire contained. You still want to keep similar design considerations and not over build your fires. For more information and design ideas on outdoor living spaces, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Ultimate Outdoor Living Area design concepts and ideas

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor living spaces for over 24 years now. The outdoor living space has been redefined in recent years and the concepts and ideas are endless. Consumers are looking to extend their homes to the outdoors more and more and it is no longer just a nice deck or patio.

Travertine patio in Charlotte with outdoor fireplace by Archadeck

Archadeck of Charlotte outdoor fireplace, travertine patio, and stone sitting walls

Today’s trends are centered around 4 areas: shade, fire, cooking, and water.  Home entertaining is more and more popular as people don’t want to drink and drive, they avoid the expense of restaurants, vacations, or just love the idea of escaping in their own backyard.

   Shade structures are an important part of outdoor living. Screen porches are largely popular in Charlotte as they provide refuge from the sun and insects. Other solutions include covered patio’s, pergola’s, and retractable awnings.

    Whether it’s a stone outdoor fireplace or stone fire pit, the fire features are still growing in popularity. It is not just the idea of providing heat, it is a visual focal point and great gathering area for friends and family.

   Outdoor kitchens are growing every year in popularity. People are no longer satisfied with just a grill. Most common additions include a refrigerator, a sink, a smoker, and side burner.

     Water features can be a hot tub, spa, pond, or water fall to create soothing noise. Water features are mostly about ambiance and beauty.

Travertine tile screen porch with stone outdoor fireplace

Screen Porch with integrated outdoor fireplace and outdoor TV and tile on screen porch

The latest trend is outdoor showers and bathrooms. Archadeck is seeing an large increase in demand especially in backyards equipped with pools, hot tubs, or a lakefront property. To view the latest in outdoor livng design concepts and ideas, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Deck and Patio builder displays this weekend at Metrolina Home Show Charlotte

We (Archadeck of Charlotte) are going to be at The Metrolina Home Show this weekend through Sunday late afternoon. This is a great chance to start your design ideas for your backyard as there are a variety of h0me remodeling and construction companies. We are featuring decks and patio’s and are displaying an outdoor kichen on a paver patio. The deck shown is a composite deck with TimberTech Earthwoods and it is beautiful! Our patio is being displayed is made out of brick pavers. The outdoor kitchen is stoned in cabinetry with a grill and refrigerator. I hope we get to see you at the Archadeck booth today or tomorrow at The Metrolina! If not, take a tour of us on-line at http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com or http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

You can also visit us on http://www.youtube.com and visit our channel “Archadeck of Charlotte”